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Transit And Transformation Ne Wire January 2009 (Final)

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NE WIRE Presentation, January 2009

NE WIRE Presentation, January 2009


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  • 1. City of Somerville Transit & Transformation Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor New England Women In Real Estate January 2009
  • 2. How Did it Happen in Somerville? Transit Built Somerville • Built as a cable car suburb of Boston • Primarily two and three family dwellings • Built out by the early 1900s West Somerville Street Car • Today, the most densely populated cities in New England (nearly 78,000 in 4.1 Square Miles) 5th densest in the nation! • Diverse population with mix of incomes Davis Square (1910)
  • 3. Transportation Gateway to the North Shore Rail and Roads • Boston & Lowell • Boston & Fitchburg • Boston & Maine • Route 28 Railroads Crossed the City • I-93 • BET Help and Hinder • Easy access to Boston and Logan Airport • Divide the community McGrath Highway • No commuter rail access
  • 4. Recapturing Our Transit Legacy Elected Officials • Congressman Capuano advocated for Green Line Extension and $25M earmark for new Orange Line Station in Assembly Square Transit Agencies • Moving forward on environmental review Mayor Curtatone with Congressman and design Capuano Private Corporations • Federal Realty Investment Trust and IKEA jointly committed $15M towards new Orange Line T-Station Community Members • STEP and CLF participate on Green Line Public Advisory Commission and work to promote transit in Somerville
  • 5. The Vision for Transit • 85% of Somerville will be within ½ mile of transit • Reconnect Neighborhoods • Access for Residents to Job Centers • Catalyst for Sustainable Land Transformation
  • 6. Red Line & Davis Square • Red Line Station in center of square • Regional destination for living, dining, shopping • Within walking distance to two universities • Somerville Community Bike Path • In 1997, Davis Square was listed by the Utne Community Path at Davis Square Reader as one of the fifteen quot;hippest places to livequot; in the United States • Significant private investment • Hotel RFP underway • New 3 story retail-office building • 66,000 sf. office building sold for nearly $20M • Loft units selling for up to $1M Davis Square by Night
  • 7. Davis Square Loves Transit
  • 8. Orange Line & Federal Realty Investment Trust New Orange Line Station leverages • 2,100 Residential Units • 1.75 M Square Feet of Office • 1.07 M Square Feet of Retail
  • 9. Somerville in Action Assembly Square • City purchased key properties in the district to assist with parcel assemblage, has ability to use eminent domain if needed • Community recognized need for Future Main Street in Assembly Square increased development to bring new tax revenue to the City • Developer has worked actively with community groups and agreed to significant mitigation including financial contribution to future T- Stop Future Mystic River Park / Esplanade
  • 10. Green Line & Inner Belt/Brickbottom - 117 acres CBT/Greenberg Scoping Study • 3 M Square Feet of Office • 2.5 M Square Feet of Lab • 200,000 Square Feet of Retail • 3,000 Residential Units • Public Open Space / Community Path • T Maintenance facility to enhance development, not limit it 7 to 10+ M Square Feet Development Opportunity
  • 11. Somerville in Action Strengthen Public Realm Increase Connectivity Create Roadway Network / Address Infrastructure Needs
  • 12. Green Line & Union Square – 45+ acres Rezoning to support Transit Oriented Development • Provide greater certainty • Promote sustainable development • Balanced approach to circulation
  • 13. Somerville in Action Union Square Rezoning • Green building incentives • Reduced parking requirements • Increased height and FAR Rendering of the future Union Square • Design Guidelines • Pedestrian Oriented Uses • Streamlined approach to permitting Festival in Union Square
  • 14. Urban Ring & East Somerville Bus Rapid Transit System • Improved infrastructure • Assembly Square Underpass at I-93 • Inner Belt Overpass to Northpoint • One seat ride to Logan Airport, Kendall Square and Longwood Medical District • Connections to UMass-Boston, Boston Medical Center and Port
  • 15. Somerville: Transit & Transformation Wholesale Transformation Substantial Redevelopment Strategic Investment Residential Preservation Special thanks to our graphics providers: FRIT, CBT/Greenberg, EOT, Reconnecting America, and the Community Design Resource Center